2015 Mini-grant Awardees
It’s our pleasure to announce and share with you the 2015 recipients of our newly created mini-grant program! This is the first year of our mini-grant program which is designed to support initiatives for better bicycling in New York State. Over the course of only one month, we received 14 applications requesting over $21,000. Read more about the mini-grant program and application.
So without further ado, here are the projects, campaigns, and programs that are receiving funding:
- The Troy Bike Rescue is receiving a grant for their Safe Cycling Troy Initiative, which seeks to address the issue of unsafe cycling and fear of riding in Troy, NY. Their effort focuses on getting more people biking and doing so often. They want people to feel safe, confident and empowered to bike everywhere.
- Bike Friendly Kingston is receiving a grant for their Bike Information for Kids and Adults: Basic Learning and Education (BIKABLE) program. BIKABLE involves targeted bicycle education programs for underserved youth, and adults from all parts of the community who are interested in learning safe biking skills. The BIKABLE youth program will work with the Everette Hodge Community Center. As part of its youth programming, the Center offers a free, drop-in afterschool program, which operates from 3:00pm to 5:00pm every school day during which time 30 to 50 children participate. The adult curriculum is focused on improving knowledge and skills for safe and effective biking. It will encourage those in the community to use their bikes with more confidence, and more often, to shop, run errands, get to school or work, or for exercise or recreation.
- Gobike Buffalo! is receiving a grant for their Travel with Care campaign, which is based on a national campaign aimed at humanizing people on bikes and encouraging safe behavior and interactions between cyclists and motorists.
- The United Way of Broome County is receiving a grant for their Fresh Cycles program, which gives community members access to bikes, teaching bike maintenance skills, and providing a space where the community can get together to focus on being healthy and discuss their community. The program provides people with access to affordable and free bikes, teaches them how to repair their bikes, and brings people together to learn how to be and feel comfortable riding on the road.
- R Community Bikes will be receiving 200 bike lights compliments of Bike New York. We want to say a big thank you to Bike New York’s CEO, Ken Podizba, who’s generosity enabled us to meet the needs of R Community Bikes! Last year R Community bikes distributed 2,700 bikes and repaired many additional bikes for adults who rely on them for transportation to jobs, training and treatment. Many of their clients need to travel in the dark to and from their jobs. R Community Bikes will help to enhance their safety and ensure they are following New York State Law by providing front and rear lights.
Hamagrael Elementary School is receiving a grant for improving their bike parking facilities in order to help encourage biking to school as a healthy alternative to driving. Additional bike parking infrastructure will ensure that students who ride their bikes to school will have the proper solutions they need to effectively park their bikes.
- Bike Beacon is receiving a grant for their effort to help publicize, promote, and clarify the Beacon Loop Trail and the Main Street Sharrows. Through both direct participation and an educational campaign, Bike Beacon will reinforce existing infrastructure and continue to help build a more bikeable, walkable Hudson Valley river city.
- The Saratoga Greenbelt Trail is receiving a grant to create on-the-route signage that indicates the location of the current and future sections of the Saratoga Greenbelt Trail. This effort will generate attention to the potential inherent in this already approved plan for better biking in and around the city.